Even in summer the children will have coughs and colds.

Even in summer the children will have coughs and colds.

The most common causes are viruses.

For the children, as in cold weather, infection occurs by contact with other family members or, in kindergarten or play groups.

The hands are through very often, as the child touches his nose and mouth.

The appearance of a cold is to verify if they are interested, throat and upper respiratory tract, as when the disorder only affects the nose, it resolves in a few days.

Cleaning the nasal passages with salt solutions in liquid.

In most relevant cases of rhinitis, it is useful to the Water of Sirmione, with regulator, to use 5 to 10 times a day, or silver proteinate (protargolo nasal drops) of 0.5%, using 1 to 2 drops in each nostril, more times daily.

If other sites are involved, can occur: sore throat, pharyngitis, tonsillitis, laryngitis, bronchitis and cough with fever over 38 °, in severe cases.

But if the baby has only cough, with a few strokes of cough, it is sufficient to deal with aerosols, using Sobrefluid (1/2 vial, 2 – 3 times daily, with 1 ml of saline).

When there is fever over 38 ° C, should visit the pediatrician.

Medical and scientific advisory Prof.Giovanni Serra, former Chief Neonatology, Hospital Gaslini, Genoa

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